The hills are alive with the sound of tramping feet and much puffing and panting, while continually questioning the wisdom of the task in hand.
For four Bo’ness lads this was reality as they ascended Ben Nevis, the third such mountain in just 24 hours while competing in the arduous Three Peaks Challenge.
2f2d, as the fund-raising group of friends call themselves - “Too Fat to Dance” - decided to raise funds for Strathcarron Hospice and give something back after the father of one group member spent his last days being cared for by nursing staff at the charity.
Euan Grant, (32), Derek Frank, (31), Andrew Wilkinson, (29) and Kevin Sommerville, (33), all from Bo’ness, have now raised the amazing sum of just over £7000 in two years.
Euan said: “In 2011 my dad spent his final days in the care of the hospice after a battle with cancer. The staff there were nothing short of amazing and went out of their way to make my dad as comfortable as possible.
“They could not have been more accommodating to our family, allowing us to stay by dad’s bed 24 hours a day for just under a week until the end.”
The lads completed the challenge in just over 30 hours and raised a total of £2800
The donation was boosted to £3516.36 after Derek’s employer Barclays, contributed to the fundraising effort.
Jim Brown, spokesman for the charity said: “We are absolutely delighted at the efforts of the boys put in to raise these funds.
‘‘It was no mean feat climbing all those mountains in 24 hours, particularly as they had no support crew. Strathcarron Hospice are very grateful to people like this, for without such support we wouldn’t exist. We require to raise £70,000 each day in order to keep our doors open.’’